This week is EOG week!
Like I told my students, "it's been ten years since I have administered a standardized test".
Students: "Didn't you test at [primary school]??"
Me: "Yes, but not 'you might lose your job' test".
There are many rules to being a test administrator (especially one who implements specific testing mods) and it requires a lot of reading, highlighting, and rules.
And, even though I tell my kids not to focus on scores and numbers but just work hard (I confess I get focused on scores and numbers, insert breathing into a paper bag). I take on a lot of stress this time of year (my own fault).
This week I needed something positive, so I decided to write (by hand) each one of my students a letter (are you impressed? I could have did it in cursive also. I know cursive).
It really made me feel better because I was able to focus on attributes that were important.
If you are like me, end of year never brings a lot of money (because you have spent it all on yearbook, summer clothing, parties, upcoming camps, trips, etc), but I do encourage you to take the time to remember a teacher that may have impacted your child's life whether it be a phone call, a note, or a candy bar (we scoff at nothing). A small offering of appreciation goes a long way.
For Connor's Teachers:
By middle school, I think most are done with the "teacher gifts" but I couldn't let this year go by without thanks. This team helped
Connor Me relax a little more this year.
I think Connor found some real joy in learning.
ela- dr. teal/math- expo/ ss- pencil sharpener/ science- choc. covered peanuts
I gave each one something small they needed in their classroom paired with one little tube of chapstick BEE-cause they rock.
For Carlee's teachers:
These two teachers are just special.
They really took Carlee far, and helped her with a lot of issues (anxiety, shyness, letter recognition, confidence).
I got cracked up at my friend's son (who loves his fourth grade teacher so much) who wants to buy his teacher a $500.00 necklace. I feel the same way about our two K teachers. I went with a more budget friendly gift of tin summer buckets complete with a beach towel, Pioneer Woman water bottle (don't you love Pioneer Woman??), and summer magazine.
I ask everyone to set yourself a goal this weekend:
hug a student and/or a teacher because they need it!